John McPherson started the strip while working as a mechanical engineer, and who could have imagined the impact it would have over the years? Close to Home celebrates the plight of the everyman (and woman) by taking normal situations and bringing something special into the mix. McPherson’s eye for the unusual and flair for the weird has resulted in a strip that never loses its ability to entertain. The cartoon actually started in 1990, and was picked up by Universal Press Syndicate in 1992. Since then, it has graced the pages of newspapers around the globe. –Shena Wolf, Close to Home Editor
McPherson has published more than 20 book collections of his work, yearly block calendars, and an award-winning line of greeting cards. He also created his own line of Close to Home clothing.
As a talented speaker and presenter, McPherson has spoken to nearly 200 groups about humor and his life as a cartoonist. His presentations are extremely funny, informative, and engaging with a great deal of audience participation.
In 2004, McPherson was awarded a lifetime achievement award by his alma mater, Bucknell University, joining the ranks of other notable Bucknellians Phillip Roth, Les Moonves and Christy Mathewson.